life Of Food and Love raising children: reading with children reading with my children
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
Along with noodles, music and adventures, reading is something our family could not ever live without. Unfortunately, we don’t read as much as I remember when I was younger, but it’s definitely a vital thread in our family’s tapestry.
A couple nights ago I took my babies to the library for the first time in a long time. Now that Cy is in school, we don’t go every day just to sit amongst the books and smell the aroma of knowledge.
Baby girl and I play dollies and sing to each other here at the house. She loves sitting down with her princess books and dancing to her princess music. It’s a whole different, pink, tutu, ballerina slipper world with this child.
But as of late, I’ve been on the hunt for good books that Cy and I can read together. He’s on the verge of being able to take off and read all on his own, but not quite. I wanted to find a book with length, that wasn’t full of pictures, but had a few illustrations, as he is only
5 5 and a half (he would correct me if he saw this). I really, REALLY want to read him Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like, bad.
That was one of my favorites. I feel like he’s still a little too young to be able to sit through it. Maybe not, maybe I’m overreacting. Either way, on Tuesday evening I stumbled on the most amazing little series of books by Geronimo Stilton. A mouse. He writes fantastic little adventures with just the right amount of illustrations and a great story line.
My son is obsessed with spooky things. He loves scaring people, dressing up in gnarly wigs, wearing fake teeth…the whole 9 yards. So, I looked through the collection and found their Halloween book. He’s hooked!
It’s a fear of mine that I will lose my children to the age of technology. That they will be unable to use the original computer — their minds. We have a wonderful collection of dvds for them. Word World, Curious George, claymations…all wonderful learning tools, but I don’t want them to lose the connection with reality, with the pages between their fingers and vivid lands that emerge in the mindscapes of their heads. I used to run away in those hills. There is so much our minds can do and they’ll never know the half if I don’t show them the way.
So, here’s to Geronimo Stilton and all the wonderful adventures we’re about to embark on with him!